Golf equipment within the Premier League and Championship will have the ability to supply licensed standing areas of their stadiums from January 1 subsequent 12 months as a part of a pilot programme.
The Sports activities Grounds Security Authority (SGSA) set out the plans in an announcement on Wednesday.
The introduction of designated protected standing areas would imply an finish to the blanket ban on standing within the prime two divisions of English soccer which has been in place for over 25 years.
Golf equipment should apply to be a part of the ‘early adopter’ programme by October 6 and, if authorised, will have the ability to function a licensed standing space from New Yr’s Day till the tip of the season.
The SGSA stated the mission can be independently evaluated, with all different areas of the stadia remaining all-seater.
Standing areas in what’s now the Premier League and Championship had been outlawed by laws handed within the wake of the 1989 Hillsborough catastrophe, which led to the deaths of 97 Liverpool followers.
The introduction of the licensed standing areas follows a dedication by the Authorities in its 2019 Normal Election manifesto, and it’s a transfer that has cross-party assist.
Sports activities minister Nigel Huddleston stated: “We’ve been clear that we’ll work with followers and golf equipment in the direction of introducing protected standing at soccer grounds offering there was proof that putting in seating with boundaries would have a Positive affect on crowd security.
“With unbiased analysis now full, and capability crowds again at grounds throughout the nation, now could be the best time to make progress. I sit up for listening to from golf equipment who want to be a part of our early adopters programme in the course of the second half of this season.”